Marshawn Lynch snubs media at Super Bowl Media Day and press conferences

Should Marshawn Lynch have to speak to the media?

1/30/14 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5224 respect

Jan 28, 2014; Newark, NJ, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) and Seattle Seahawks punter Jon Ryan (left) dance during Media Day for Super Bowl XLVIII at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY SportsEveryone seems to have an opinion on Marshawn Lynch's hesitance to talk to the media this year. Lynch left his Media Day podium after only about 6 minutes, and then in another mandatory media session the following day, he climbed over chairs to get away from reporters after about 7 minutes.

Some, like Michael Schottey of Bleacher Report, say that the players have a responsibility to give "meaningful access" to the media, who depend on that access to feed their families and serve as the conduit between the players and fans.

Lynch has been clear about his intentions. He's not in New York to talk, and he has very little to say. He's there to play in a football game and do whatever it takes to help his team win. It's that simple. In his own words: Talk doesn't win football games, and he's all about that action, boss.

It's interesting. Whenever a player says too much, like Richard Sherman did following the NFC Championship Game, the media pounces and attacks. They called Sherman a thug, they said that he intimidated Erin Andrews, lacked class, and was a poor sport.

Now, when Lynch doesn't say enough, they're criticizing him too, for threatening to take food off their families' plates.

There are several obvious problems with this logic.

Lynch's refusal to speak for the full hour on Media Day hasn't prevented the media from doing their job. Not even slightly. There have been more stories and columns written about Lynch NOT talking than there have been about any other individual storyline this week. If anything, Lynch is making it easier for reporters to do their job, since he's actually giving them something to talk about.

When they had the chance to ask him questions, they didn't ask anything meaningful anyway. Lynch wasn't a complete no-show. He was there, and he answered a few questions. But what were the questions? All they wanted to ask about was why Lynch wasn't talking to reporters. Instead of trying to get him to open up by talking about something that might interest him and get him to divulge more details, they wanted to talk about why he didn't want to talk to him. I can't think of a less professional way to go about it, to be honest.

Jan 28, 2014; Newark, NJ, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman takes pictures of the media during Media Day for Super Bowl XLVIII at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY SportsThere are 105 other players on the Seahawks and Broncos who are willing to talk. Talk to Wes Welker, Richard Sherman, Peyton Manning, Russell Wilson, Demaryius Thomas, or any of the other countless number of players who are more than willing to talk to the media. Lots of these guys have fascinating stories that they're just waiting to tell, and they're happy to talk to the media. I'm sure there were several players whose podiums were almost empty during Media Day, and there were plenty of stories that the media collectively missed due to their hard-on for Lynch and his unwillingness to talk.

It was clear that Lynch was uncomfortable talking at Media Day, and also at the mandatory press conference the following day. His fullback, Michael Robinson, tried to help deflect attention from him in a pretty awesome way, but to no avail.

It's time to stop being lazy. Stop being entitled. Stop pretending that the players owe something to the media, when in reality sports media wouldn't exist at all if it weren't for the players and their ability to pique the interest of the viewing public.

Ask Marshawn Lynch's friends and family about him. Ask his coaches, former and current. Ask his teammates. If there's a story there, you'll find it. But if he doesn't want to talk, that's his right. The NFL says he met his obligation, and there's really nothing else to it.
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1/31/14   |   xtra_ill   |   538 respect

Good article. I wouldn't talk to the media either. Nowadays they only seem to want to "start fires"with players.

1/30/14   |   Jess   |   34287 respect

The_Real_Stoney wrote:
Oh, I'm all for good stories (none gets better than Demaryius Thomas') but most of what comes out of this is just fluff or the media trying to create stories.
Interesting story alert: I watched last Super Bowl at Twin Peaks with a group of buddies. At the table next to us hobbling around on crutches? Knowshon Moreno

Hah! That's awesome. Yea, I miss the "interesting story" factor. Again - the lazification of the media. (I dunno if that's a word)

1/30/14   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   24841 respect

Jess wrote:
I've always kind of liked it, whether my team's involved or not - just all the stories and stuff that make it a little more personal. I'm like that through the season too I guess, to be honest.

Oh, I'm all for good stories (none gets better than Demaryius Thomas') but most of what comes out of this is just fluff or the media trying to create stories.
Interesting story alert: I watched last Super Bowl at Twin Peaks with a group of buddies. At the table next to us hobbling around on crutches? Knowshon Moreno

1/30/14   |   Jess   |   34287 respect

The_Real_Stoney wrote:
As a Broncos fan, I just don't care. I just want the game to happen. The 2 week gap for the game is a joke and isn't worth paying too much attention to
 

I've always kind of liked it, whether my team's involved or not - just all the stories and stuff that make it a little more personal. I'm like that through the season too I guess, to be honest.

1/30/14   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   24841 respect

Jess wrote:
I was just saying yesterday - if I were a Broncos fan, I'd be ticked! You guys have a lot of interesting players. I'm tired of nobody else getting any attention at all in this whole thing.

(Edit - even as a Seahawks fan, I'm mad. I was hoping to hear from and about more than the "Big 3" of the Seahawks this week too.)

As a Broncos fan, I just don't care. I just want the game to happen. The 2 week gap for the game is a joke and isn't worth paying too much attention to
 

1/30/14   |   Jess   |   34287 respect

The_Real_Stoney wrote:
I can't believe it's been such a big deal. The guy isn't very interesting, and isn't into the media to begin with. Even if he did talk, I'm sure there wouldn't be anything to write about. He made his appearances, move along
(Edited by Jess)

I was just saying yesterday - if I were a Broncos fan, I'd be ticked! You guys have a lot of interesting players. I'm tired of nobody else getting any attention at all in this whole thing.

(Edit - even as a Seahawks fan, I'm mad. I was hoping to hear from and about more than the "Big 3" of the Seahawks this week too.)

1/30/14   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   24841 respect

I can't believe it's been such a big deal. The guy isn't very interesting, and isn't into the media to begin with. Even if he did talk, I'm sure there wouldn't be anything to write about. He made his appearances, move along

1/30/14   |   Jess   |   34287 respect

I have a few thoughts on this. It makes me legitimately angry that they're putting so much focus on him at this point. Like you said; they're being lazy. There are SO many great storylines surrounding this game. So many interesting players, and even a pretty heated history between the Broncos (specifically Elway) and the Seahawks and their fans. Why are we not hearing about any of this? I would have thought going into this week, the media would have done some research and had some stories ready. This whole thing is entirely reactionary at best. I remember a time when the last week leading up to the Super Bowl showed the world the hearts of each of the teams. Now it's become pretty much solely about one player and his "refusal" to talk to the media.

I get that Lynch signed a contract that requires him to be accessible. I also (along with everybody else) see how very uncomfortable he is when they're in his face. He seemed much more comfortable talking to Deion Sanders in a conversational way, rather than having multiple cameras and microphones shoved in his face. Want his attention? Do it that way. I'm convinced he has some sort of anxiety thing going on. I wonder if he were to be officially diagnosed, if he could get some sort of waver when it comes to this stuff? 

Anyway - I feel awful for him. And I really wish we could hear from some other people...I really miss that part of this week. And it figures; it had to be when MY team goes to the Super Bowl that they do this nonsense.

1/30/14   |   Wards_Page   |   248 respect

I agree completely. It's ridiculous. In fact I hope to post something later that touches upon this very thing as well. Good job.